colum­nar va­ri­eties

Woman's Weekly (UK) - - Craft -

Con­tainer gar­den­ers (and fruit lovers), re­joice!

You don’t need a big gar­den to grow de­li­cious ap­ples, plums or pears. Colum­nar ap­ple trees grow 2.5-3m tall by 60cm wide. These up­right trees bear full-size ap­ples, al­though over­all yield is less than a dwarf tree. You’ll need to plant more than one va­ri­ety for pol­li­na­tion and choose ones that be­long to the same pol­li­na­tion group, which flower at the same time. Va­ri­eties in­clude the new Lu­bera Malini, which is scab-re­sis­tant and pro­duces fruit that’s juicy, sour and re­fresh­ing. The taller Bal­le­rina va­ri­eties, known as totem poles be­cause of the nat­u­ral way they grow, make them ideal for train­ing over an arch­way to cre­ate

a fruit­ing tun­nel.

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